Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Dear Jason Cherniak: What the FUCK is wrong with you?

You know, I really had no interest in getting into the middle of this dick-slapping contest but, seriously, there comes a time when one must take a stand. Over here, Jason is just being a dishonest wank when he writes of Robert McClelland:

Suffice it to say that I am not too concerned when a man who wrote "fuck the Jews" on his website accuses me of being anti-Semitic because of some misleading wordplay on his part:

So did Robert really write "Fuck the Jews" on his web site? Why, yes -- yes, he did. So let's look at the context, shall we?

I just took a can of spraypaint and wrote that message on the side of a building (not owned by Jews). Have I committed an act of antisemitism and if so why? Answers of "yes, just because it is" are not acceptable.

Can anyone answer this question or has everyone been so conditioned to accept, without explanation as to why, that whatever you're told is antisemitic must be antisemitic.

Well, how about that? As anyone with a functioning brain stem can see, Robert is presenting that expression in the context of a thought experiment and challenging his readers to address a reasonably meaningful issue without descending into moronic, sophomoric, right-wing talking points, if that's even possible these days.

Thusly, therefore and to wit, Robert is asking an uncomfortable but important question and Jason is being a total prat. Q.E.D.

P.S. If I accuse the Jewish Alan Dershowitz of being an amoral, conscienceless monster, does that make me anti-Semitic? Discuss. Be concise. Give examples. Show your work.


Anonymous said...

Cherniak is a hack. Just reading his site, you *know* he'll end up being another tacky, fake politician.

The guy was practically in love with Paul Martin. Remember that "Days until Paul Martin returns to the job" counter on his site? Nuff said.

Ti-Guy said...

I thought Canadian Oberver wrote an interesting analysis on what motivates some person to shriek so consistently about certain types of bigotry.

In any case, Cherniak is really just a poltical animal (which confers automatic dullness). Nothing wrong with that (except it makes the rest of us sick), but he's going to have learn to deal with evidence better. I mean, he is a lawyer after all...

There is an endless discussion about expressions revealing hidden motivations, but I think that applies to unconscious expressions and body language, rather than conscious expressions, such as willingly engaging in a thought experiment like the one at My Blahg I mean, if Robert were a real anti-semite, would he have dared to write such a post? Most racists don't walk down the street in a white hood, after all (not where I live, anyway.)

In any case, some people don't understand the difference between actual bigotry and bigotted expressions, and some, bereft of integrity, willfully confuse the two for political and selfish reasons.

They can go to hell because they are using up public discourse that would be better served discussing real racism and bigotry

Anarchore said...

Is this on topic?